The vigorous dance of soft power

China these days is more often known for its international "hard power." However, a little known fact is that the world's fastest growing economy just as readily employs "soft power," where strenuous efforts are made to showcase a country through culture and tradition. It was exactly that kind of diplomacy that was put into action last Saturday, when the Chinese embassy celebrated the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Canada by organizing a ballet performance.

Avinash Gavai
Published: Wednesday, 10/13/2010 12:00 am EDT

China these days is more often known for its international "hard power." However, a little known fact is that the world's fastest growing economy just as readily employs "soft power," where strenuous efforts are made to showcase a country through culture and tradition. It was exactly that kind of diplomacy that was put into action last Saturday, when the Chinese embassy celebrated the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Canada by organizing a ballet performance.

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